Breathtaking Holiday Store Facades of South Granville

Photo: South Granville BIA

This winter season, the South Granville Business Improvement Association (SGBIA) is excited to present a festive holiday experience through breathtaking holiday store facades. The collection of 10 stops within the shopping district make a jolly neighbourhood tour filled with Christmas spirit and festive cheer. Continue reading:
Breathtaking Holiday Store Facades of South Granville

The Changing Face of South Granville – Big Brands Transform South Granville Shopping

Eileen Fisher's first Canadian store opened on South Granville in August 2011. Photo: Dana Lynch

The last ten years have seen huge changes in most Vancouver neighbourhoods. Gentrification and development have made once “seedy” neighbourhoods hip and trendy (see: SoMa, Lower Mount Pleasant), created brand-new residential areas (like the Olympic Village), and transformed certain districts so thoroughly that, if you hadn’t seen them in ten years, you wouldn’t recognize them.

One such district is South Granville, the shopping and entertainment district in Fairview that extends from the Granville Street Bridge to 16th Ave. Known best for its art galleries (hence the famous moniker “Gallery Row,”), restaurants (West Restaurant and Vij’s are both in South Granville), and the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, South Granville has been developing its reputation as a major Vancouver shopping destination for many years. In the last five years alone, South Granville has transformed from an eclectic collection of mostly independent shops into a kind of Robson Street for yuppies.

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The Changing Face of South Granville – Big Brands Transform South Granville Shopping

Labour Day Sales – Top 5 Vancouver Fashion Destinations

Shopping the boutiques in Yaletown, one of the Top 5 Vancouver Fashion Destinations.

Labour Day weekend is just a week away, which means all of Vancouver’s top shopping destinations will be having sales on end-of-season fashion, back-to-school fashion, and more.

Top 5 Vancouver Fashion Destinations for Labour Day Sales

1. Brand Name Shopping: Robson Street & Downtown
Vancouver’s most famous shopping mecca is downtown’s Robson Street, along with the Pacific Centre Mall and department stores around Granville Street & Robson. If you love big, international brands, this is the place to go. And don’t forget to check out the luxury Canadian department store Holt Renfrew. End-of-season sales are the best time to find deals on Holt Renfrew’s (otherwise very expensive) high-end designer fashion and accessories.

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Labour Day Sales – Top 5 Vancouver Fashion Destinations

Vancouver’s Best Home & Houseware Shopping

China Chic home accents & furniture at Peking Lounge in Chinatown. Photo: Peking Lounge

January sales are the perfect time to shop for the home, and Vancouver has lots of options for unique, boutique home and housewares shopping. Whether you’re looking for furniture, home decor, housewares, or the perfect housewarming or wedding gift, you can find unusual local pieces or fantastic imports at Vancouver’s best home and houseware shopping districts.

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Vancouver’s Best Home & Houseware Shopping

Top 10 Vancouver Shopping Destinations

Granville Island crafts

Vancouver shopping is some of the best in the world. When my friends visit from the US or my in-laws come from Brazil, shopping is always at the top of our to-do lists, and that’s doubly true when the holidays are right around the corner!

The fabulous thing about Vancouver shopping is its incredibly diversity, with different Vancouver neighbourhoods offering different wares, ranging from the ultra-hip and fashionable to the inexpensive and eclectic.

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Top 10 Vancouver Shopping Destinations

South Granville, Part III: Vancouver’s Gallery Row

South Granville's Gallery Row. Photo © Dana Lynch

Love to spend the day looking at art and want to do it for free? You can on South Granville’s Gallery Row.

As you may know, I’ve been paying homage to my (now) old neighbourhood, South Granville (Granville St. from the Bridge to W 16th Ave.) in a series of posts on the things that make that district so unique. First, I wrote about the restaurants, then about the shopping. Today, I’ll write about the art.

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South Granville, Part III: Vancouver’s Gallery Row

South Granville, Part II: 3 Reasons to Shop South Granville

Misch boutique on South Granville. Photo © Misch

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my move from South Granville (the Fairview shopping district that extends from Granville Street Bridge to 16th Avenue) and one of my favourite things about my (now) old neighbourhood: the fabulous restaurants.  In this second post on South Granville, I’ll write about another thing that makes South Granville a must-visit: the incredible shopping.

Robson Street and the downtown shopping core tend to get all the media attention when it comes to Vancouver’s world-class shopping. While it’s true that Robson Street is great for atmosphere—the crowds and downtown venue give it a true shopping-mecca feel—and for menswear (it’s hard to find as wide a selection of menswear outside of downtown), for truly unique fashion and housewares, you have to get off that well-beaten path.

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South Granville, Part II: 3 Reasons to Shop South Granville